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Paul Bhasin

Assistant Professor (Conducting), Director of Bands

Office: Ewell 210
Phone: (757) 221-1086
Email: [[pkbhasin]]

Education
  • B.M., Trumpet Performance, University of Michigan
  • M.M., Trumpet Performance, Northwestern University
  • D.M.A., Wind Conducting, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Biography

Dr. Bhasin joined the faculty of the College of William & Mary in 2011 as Director of Bands. In this capacity, he teaches conducting and directs the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds.

Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the eastern United States and is currently recording its first-ever CD (of commissioned works by W&M composer Brian Hulse) with Centaur Records.  In addition, Bhasin conducted the Wind Ensemble in the recording of his original score to 923 Films' motion picture HogtownWith the Wind Ensemble, Bhasin has recently collaborated with performers from the Virginia Symphony, US Marine Band, and regularly with W&M faculty performers. He continues to conduct the Wind Ensemble in annual concerts at the W&M Global Film Festival that combine film screenings with wind repertoire. Bhasin recently led the Wind Ensemble and the US Air Force Heritage of America Band in a joint performance, and in 2015, he will conduct the Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and to China to celebrate the ensemble's 85th anniversary.

Bhasin has led a variety of university and professional ensembles. He is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator, and was recently invited to present at both the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic (in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Band), the College Band Director's National Association Southern Division Conference, and the Music Teachers National Association Conference. Recent guest engagements include appearances with the American Youth Philharmonic, Interlochen Arts Academy, Auburn University, and with the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC), and ensemble composed of National and Baltimore Symphony musicians on a concert featuring his transcriptions for brass. Bhasin has worked to advance diversity in performing arts education by participating in the Chicago Symphony’s Musicorps initiative as well as the Music Institute of Chicago’s Music Integration Project. In both, he led and mentored music ensembles composed of at-risk, Chicago youth. Additionally, Bhasin serves as Assistant Conductor of the Williamsburg Symphonia (an orchestra composed of Richmond and Virginia Symphony members) as well as Music Director and Conductor of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras

As a trumpeter, Bhasin has performed with a variety of organizations including the Columbus Symphony, New World Symphony, Illinois Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Chamber Opera, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and at the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Ravinia.  Most recently he has performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Opera as well as Lyric Opera Virginia.  With these musical institutions, he performed under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. He has been featured as a trumpet soloist on National Public Radio, Detroit PBS-TV, the International Computer Music Conference, and at the Chautauqua Music Festival.  Most recently, he toured the Czech Republic as a recitalist at the invitation of the International Dvořák Festival. Bhasin has recorded for both the Centaur and Interscope record labels.

Bhasin’s commercial and jazz trumpet performances have included appearances with Chuck Mangione, Jack Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, and at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Michigan Chamber Brass, Chicago Civic Brass Quintet, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, at the Wisconsin Music Educator’s convention, and toured with the Artemis Chamber Brass of Chicago and Ars Ventus.

Bhasin’s articles have been published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His pedagogical trumpet text is published by BRASSJAR Music. His transcriptions and arrangements are published by Balquhidder Music and have been performed and commissioned in the US and abroad by the United States Marine Band, St. Louis Opera Theater, the United States Air Force Brass in Blue, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, and the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). His film score to 923 Films' Hogtown (official selection, Black Harvest Film Festival) was featured at the Gene Siskel Center in Chicago in 2014. Prior to his appointment at William & Mary, he held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Trumpet Professor) and Triton College (Director of Instrumental Studies).